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This is a simple but good Lasagna. You can use any type of meat you like.  Many like to use ground beef.



1 lb sausage, I like to use italian.
1 clove (1 g) garlic; minced
1 tablespoon basil
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
1 can (16 oz) tomatoes
6.5 oz lasagna noodles (8 noodles)
2 extra-large eggs
3 cups cottage cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
2 tablespoon parsley flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper (black)
1 lb mozzarella cheese; sliced (thinly)

Brown meat slowly until cooked through, drain. Add next 5 ingredients. Simmer uncovered 30 min.
stirring occasionally.

Cook noodles as directed. Drain. *Option for quicker meal is to use no-boil lasagna noodles. Add an extra 1/2 cup water to the sauce.

Beat eggs: add remaining ingredients, except mozzarella.

Layer half the noodles in 13x9x2 in baking dish; spread half of cheese filling; add half of mozzarella
cheese and half of meat sauce. Repeat.

Bake at 375 about 30 minutes (or assemble early and refrigerate; bake 45 minutes).

Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serves 8 to 10.


Akoho misy Sakamalao (Chicken with Garlic and Ginger) & Verenga (Roasted Shredded Beef)


So we are off to another adventure in cooking. These two dishes we will have today are from Madagascar.

Madagascar is a Southern Africa, island in the Indian Ocean, east of Mozambique and is often referred as the “The Great Red Island”. The Malagasy are of mixed Malayo-Indonesian and African-Arab ancestry and they are about 52% indigenous beliefs, 41% Christians and 7% Muslim.

It used to be a French Colony and you will recognize the French influence.I t is not so highly spiced as the rest of Africa is and the curry is subtle, very much like Malaysia. Most recipes call for a bit of hot peppers called Sakay but they usually make a pepper sauce separately so people can control the amount. Rice is very important part of their meals. It is simple food but flavorful and very easy to prepare.

The main beverage they have is a burned-rice beverage called Ranonapango. Usually the cook makes extra rice and the rest is heated until it is burned and gets a characteristic aroma.  Boiling water is poured over the rice. It is then cooled and strained and chilled. They drink this beverage instead of water on the island.

Akoho misy Sakamalao (Chicken with Garlic and Ginger)

3 pounds chicken cut into serving pieces

2- inch piece of ginger, grated or crushed

6 cloves garlic, finely minced or crushed

Rub garlic and ginger into chicken. Sprinkle a little salt on top. Place small amount of oil in large frying pan and gently cook chicken on low heat until done, about 40 minutes

Serve with rice.

Optional: Cover chicken and bake 50 minutes at 325 degrees F. Uncover and bake 10 more minutes or until tender.

Verenga (Roasted Shredded Beef)
8 servings:

In a 4-quart saucepan:


4 Ibs. BONELESS CHUCK, cut in 1-inch pieces.

1 quart WATER

2 Tbs. SALT

2 cloves GARLIC, minced finely

1 cup ONION, sliced.

Cover and bring to a boil; simmer gently for 2 hours or until meat can be shredded with a fork.

Add water if necessary to keep meat at simmering point.

Shred the meat by cutting it into thin strips. Meat should come apart easily.

Transfer the shredded meat and sauce to a greased 9 x 12-inch baking pan (oven-proof).

Roast at 400′ for 30 minutes until it is nicely browned across the top.

Garnish with 3 or 4 PARSLEY SPRIGS and bring to the table on a trivet.

Serve with white rice.

Say What? You Are Stuck On What Island?

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Someone Else’s Island.”


This is such a weird prompt. “Now it’s your best friend’s (or close relative’s) turn to be stranded: what five objects would you send him/her off with?” Since you are able to send them something then I am assuming that they are stranded on an island that has some people in order to inform you and not they are not on a stranded island.

1.  A Plane ticket or boat ticket:  They should had a return ticket if they were on a trip but this would be the first item sent.  If they lost baggage I might have to work around getting a replacement and a new documents such a passports. What a nightmare that would be.

2. Sunscreen: The sun can be a killer in these area.

3. Personal hygiene products: A soap to used for hair and body and deodorant.

3. A magazine: I hope they will enjoy “Backwoods Home” . It is either that or “Sheep” magazine.


It is hoped that this person made copies of all the documents, such as passport, driver’s license, and credit/debit cards, before leaving . They are many site that offer advice on protecting your validates that offer some great tips.

I will find it interesting to find out what other would send. What would you sent?


Other links with suggetions:

Forbes: How To Protect Yourself From Pickpockets And Thieves When You Travel

Tips For Carrying Money and Documents While Traveling







The Feast Of Feast Every Year



When I cook every day it is usually rather basic food. I used to make  more complicated meals during the week but time restrains and budget have gotten in the way. Still Thanksgiving is a very important meal. I go for a very large meal that I begin planning and canning  weeks before.  I tend to make less food than I did year prior so I do not have too many left overs.  I did purchase two so I can can some turkey later. Today will be the pies although I already have a pumpkin and cheesecake in the fridge.  If you would like to see my menu you can go to the below links.

2014 Thanksgiving Feast and Canning

Sagamore Hill Style Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day Planning



In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Shaken and Stirred.”

When Life Gives You Too Many Choices



I don’t know how you feel but I feel that sometimes we live in a word of too many choices. Just going into a store with toothpaste and shampoo can really be overwhelming. Some people make those decisions by the lowest prices. This can work in many  cases with products because sometimes you are really just paying for the brand name. This post show a good example: MAKEUP DILEMMAS: HIGH-END VS. LOW-END PRODUCTS

However, sometimes quality is a factor in products. I have tried to explain to others that sometimes if you see a brandname product in a lower end store and try to compare it to a more moderate or high-end store it is not the same product. It can be drastically different in quality.  In many cases manufacturers will produce products according to the price structures. Sometimes it really does not matter even if you are not getting the same quality but other times it can. Clothing is one example I like to use. I might find a certain brand at one store cheaper and it seems to be the same products but it you were able to compare side by side you will find the material used would be thiner than the more expensive store and the product will have more length and be a tad bit larger. This is why some of the overstock stores when out of business when people caught one to the tatic.

We all have harder decisions in life such as where to work, quitting jobs, buying a house and moving. These can be very difficult decisions. There are some ways to help you make those decisions. If you were asked by someone else what advice would you give. This can give you insight to good decisions. Most decisions you can help others with are without the emotional thinking that comes with most decisions.

Sometimes when we have decisions we have too much information that we are trying to use to decide. Let go of some and reduce the inputs to help you make your decision.

Another problem we can run into is the assumptions that might come when deciding on the choices. Let go of any assumptions and go based on facts as much as you can. Sometime getting input from others can help you assort through those assumptions.

Many people use a spreadsheet to work out decisions. This can work great for a home or vacations or any decisions.

You Will Hate It Here



Shortly afer arriving here we seemed to meet the same type of meet and greet people who will tell you that you will hate it here. I suppose they could tell by the products you were purchasing that you just arrived.

I was told that shortly after we arrived in Germany. You will hate the “rock”  over and over. There were plenty of reasons to dislike the place I suppose. The stairwell house was very not too exciting. We lived at first in an attic troop area of one building. It had a very small living room, a non standard kitchen, and latrine with more than one toilet. Then there was the long hall with many small rooms. I suspect when the nazis used the facility they had quite a few bodies jammed into each room unless it held officers. The apartments below the attic were offices I been told but long ago were converted. Later we were moved into one of the stairwell apartments in a building further down the road. Still being on the third floor with the laundry in the basement was not the best of conditions. Regardless of these negative reasons we still we found Germany very exciting and fun. We went out on excursions as much as we could to get away from the negativity and explore the European world. 

There were no stairwell housing in this new assignment but again I was greeted with the same negative mentality. Like any place it has it possible and negatives. If you like to live in a large vibrant city you really have to go all the way to Kansas city for that. There are smaller city’s much closer for the malls and shopping but the real deal is Kansas City.It is two hours away and many from this area go there on the weekends. I like to go there to go to stores I like such as Penzeys but I am not into the clubs nor like large citys except for visits.

We are still in Kansas even after Mr. Gadget retired to the disbelief of many family members. They mostly live in California and like the environment and weather. I can understand since I do miss the beaches and lack of extreme weather conditions. Still the political environment worries me and I belive I would have a hard time living in a rural environment I enjoy without dealing with the ambit of rules and regulations. So here I stay for now and enjoy the best there is to offer here.

Stores, Chicken and the Weather

Yesterday, it was sunny outside but I assure you it was not even close to being brisk and cool outside. The deceiving sun concealed the real temperature. It was very cold. It was freezing cold . I have a temperature monitor for the outside and it read 32° F  but that was without the wind. The wind in Kansas can be extreme at times.  We have what is called  wind chill temperatures. Today, the weather is showing its true colors. We have a dull, grey and a very windy look outside. The monitor displayed 17° F early this morning but now the temperature has gone up to 21° F.

Here I am inside the warmer house and fretting. I was not able to get my plants covered with hay or straw as I had planned so now they looked a little frozen. Our plan last night was drive to the city to enjoy a Veterans Day meal at the Olive Garden and get some supplies, but the plan was foiled by a change in care coverage for Little Man. So it was off to pick up little man from school and pick up chicken that we had called and ordered for pick up. Strangely, the clerk at the chicken place located in a gas station seemed happy to get the order. The place has seemed to have lost some business after changing owners and franchise. People in this area can be stuck on local owners only to the duress of other business. Anyway, this chicken is not bad and the coleslaw is usually good; plus, they hire locals that have limited employment options. I am not going to boycott them because it is not owned by a local.

Dollar General has built a store that will be open soon. I am very excited for the possibility to have a place to pick up simple items without going to the cities. We will see how the old guard responses to the this store. The new grocery store (owned by someone from a neighboring town) across the street, still shows no signs of opening. Every month I see a little progress. This month a lighted entrance sign is shining brightly. This has been going on for a least a year. If you want to see the city manager wince just mention it.

After leaving the town with the one flashing stop light and one stop sign I leave the 20 miles per hour speed limit to the fasher speed of the countryside into the rolling hills to head home.

Today, I am going to can those potatoes that I was able to dig up before the cold hit. They will be great later as fried potatoes and in dishes. I will be using the Potatoes, White – Cubed or Whole recipe from the USDA. Potatoes being a low acid food require a canning pressure cooker to can safely and maybe I will be able to get the away room warm enought to sew and pray that the internet will start working better so I can post pictues.



Literate for a Preposition Poem


Front yard with pine, cedars and other trees and bushes


As I practice writing this preposition poem my two furry friends are forced to endure my reading out loud. They must endure this almost daily since I frequency read out loud to try to catch errors and improve my writing. If they were able to understand  I only hope they would find some enjoyment.


In the Autumn


In the Autumn

Outside the world turns colors

Into shades of reds, yellows and browns

Under trees denuded of leaves


Out in the cold wind blowing

Between periods of rain

Into the  spice scented kitchen

By a cozy fire


On Cue For The Day

I have a meeting this morning which means I have to get a shower and dressed and leave soon.This afternoon I plan to find the box of Fall decor in the basement and begin decorating the dining room for Thanksgiving. I will also need to do catch up with school work. This morning has already had an abundance of activity getting the grandson ready for school and then dealing with an overactive puppy that wants to use me and Mr. Dusty as chew toys.

If in 2214 a old dusty hard drive from one of my computers happened to enter of the many antique stores occupying the old town area of Abilene, KS  it would likely contain a mixture photos of trips, food , animals, pdf books and spreadsheets of the many gardening and food storage activities. Any one looking at the data might wonder where the photos were taken or why do I have all of these spreadsheets. This reminds me that I am behind in putting my seeds into the database but will soon do so before I put them down into the basement storage for the winters rest. They would find this huge garden/ seed database.

Pasture layout




You’re tasked with creating a brand new astrological sign for the people born around your birthday — based solely on yourself. What would your new sign be, and how would you describe those who share it?




generous, hard worker, always hungry for knowledge, endurance, patience, sensitive, compatible, likes order, loves the outdorrs and doing activities such as farming or gardening, strong willed at times.

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